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. tonight on "the willis report" wall street loves california's huge tax increase, but is it already backfiring? also, it started as a few hundred pages. now it is 70,000. tonight, the federal income tax on its 100th birthday. and what does the death of investment club tell us about the overall health of the market? "the willis report" is on the case. ♪ gerri: all that and more coming up. first, the fix that will only create more problems. democrats, once again, pushing for more tax revenue and putting a tighter squeeze on all of us. to get the u.s. out of the financial black hole, but washington only needs to look across the country to california to see how this will play out. with more on this, michael reagan, founder of the rating group. welcome back to the show. great to have you here. i need to get you to comment on to harry reid. this weekend talking about more taxes. he says, the american people are on his side. here he is. >> the american people don't believe in this bustier things. we believe that the rich should contribute. we believe we should fill those tax loopholes, g
obama. once again obama is pushing for higher taxes. don't take our word for it. listen to what he said last night just before the sboel. >> there is a way to solve the budget problems in a responsible way through a balanced approach that the vast majority of people agree with. if we do there is no reason we can't have strong growth in 2013. we can't b have washington dysfunction getting in the way. >> with all respect, free market capitalism is the best path to prosperi prosperity. more tax hikes will not hurt this economy. let's not push our luck. republicans will block it. we'll be right back. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. >>> stock market correction today. i still believe rising profits and an easy fed will keep the bull market going -- at least until the president tax bombs us to death again. that's what obama said before the super bowl yesterday which could be the real reaso
'm stewart in for neil cavuto. remember this, that fiscal cliff deal, huge amount in tax hikes. not much in the way of spending cuts. are we about to see the sequel? the president is calling on congress to pass another quick fix to avert those automatic spending cuts he originally signed off on, kicking in march 1 income, and this includes new tax revenues. the former south carolina senator jim demint says we have seen how the movie ins and it's not go. okay, jim, spell it out. more tacks and not so many spending cuts. what's the result? >> you have to scratch your head. the federal government will receive historically high tax revenues this year, yet we've double spending. it's a spending problem. the president is not willing to cut spending at this point. he continues to talk about more taxes. even though he promised that this sequester would never happen and if he got his tax increases he would cut spending. >> what are the run republics going to do? we have the president calling for more taxes. what should their response be? >> well, republicans passed in the house last year what the
on "the willis report." a new federal tax policy with the push to make marijuana legal and tax it. obama proposes to delay automatic spending cuts after he blows another budget deadline. and proved that leaders just want more power. not more power to the people. we are on the case. >> that and more coming up, but first the top story story, efforts building in washington to change change, rewrite, remake current marijuana laws including legalizing industrial production and have the federal pot tax. lawmakers quietly working on the bills one was introduced today one from oregon one from colorado calling for the end of federal pot prohibition. when next guest founder and executive director of the drug policy alliance, ethan? >> it is like the repeal of alcohol prohibition. the public says it does not work and is not effective and it cost tens of billions of tax dollars come lead diverts resources and funding organized crime in mexico it is better to have a regulatory policy with state governments controlled with federal government has a modicum of control. gerri: day you agree? >> a column
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delay in those spending cuts. and he calls for another tax increase. now it's up to republicans to respond. remember, spending cut sequester goes into effect in 24 days on march 1st. the sequester by the way was originally the president's idea. let's get right to what the president said. john harwood joins us thousanow all the details. >> as you know, there are two ways to go about deficit reduction under the sequester law passed in 2011. one is the full ten year sequester. that's $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over ten years. the other is to do it piece meal. if do you it just for the rest of of the year, it would just be $85 billion. president obama said if congress can't agree with the full pack annual by march 1st, we need to do something smaller in the name of staving off damage to the economy, to consumer, and to federal workers. here's the president. >> if congress can't act immediately on a bigger package, about they can't get a bigger package done by the time the sequester is scheduled fto go into effect, then i believe they should at least pass a smaller package of spend
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everybody's wallet just as taxes go up on every paycheck. plus, the economy is shrinking, unemployment is rising and the president calls forever higher taxes. a gas spike could not come at a worse time. $2900 per family. this is what happens when bernanke pushes down the value of the dollar. off goes oil and off goes gas. this is the inflation that everyone sees and everyone feels. varney & company about to begin. did yoknow not all fiber is the same? citrucel is different- it's the only fiber for regularityhat won't cause excess gas. it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and maintain regularity. look for citrucel today. stuart: breaking news from dell, as expected. the company is going private. the stock is up 30% this year. it is a done deal. i have a whole raft of tax stories for you. first item, the feds propose to legalize marijuana and establish new pot tax. that would bring in an estimated $20 billion a year. passage of the law a longshot at best. today congressman eric cantor will give a speech on just how expensive it is to raise a family and how higher taxes will
gerri willis. tonight on "the willis report." a new federal tax policy. the latest push in congress to make marijuana legal and tax it. president obama proposes a short-term fix to delay automatic spending cuts one day after he blows another budget deadline. and the shocking proof union leaders just want more power, not power to the people. "the willis report" is on the case. all that and more coming up later, but first, the top story tonight, building in washington can change, totally remake current marijuana laws. including legalizing industrial production as well as establishing a federal pot tax. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worked away on these bills, one of which introduced just today by two democratic congressman. both of them calling for an end to federal pot prohibition. will it work? joining us now, drug policy visor and founder and executive director of the drug policy alliance. starting with you. melissa: it is a lot like the appeal of alcohol probation. if it doesn't work, it is not effective and they say it is costing tens of billions of dollars every year, div
the sequester deadline down the road. to win them over he offered a package of spending cuts and more tax increases. how was that playing on capitol hill? here's ed henry. >> warning the nation's economic recovery hangs in the balance, president obama prodded congress to stop a series of massive spending cuts that could threaten national security urging them to come up with a short term combo of lesser spending cuts and tax increases beyond what he signed at the end of december. >> if they can't get a bigger package done by the time the sequester is scheduled to go into effect, then i believe that they should at least pass a smaller package. >> president says the sequester puts hundreds of thousands of jobs in jeopardy from classrooms to the pentagon and defense lie lockheed martin which announced hundreds of layoffs. mr. obama said damage can be stopped if john boehner accepts the white house's final offer from december, meaning up to $600 billion in more tax hikes through cutting deductions, and cuts to medicare and other programs. >> my healthcare proposals achieve the same savings by
-home pay, because of the expiration of a payroll tax holiday. so will consumers be forced to cut back spending, hurting economic growth, and stock market performance? >> not necessarily, because rising gasoline prices is usually predicated on a weaker dollar or better economic activity. better economic activity would lead to higher earnings. >> reporter: wolfberg says crude prices would have to jump $10 a barrel, or roughly 10%, before there's a major hit to the u.s. economy. erika mille "n.b.r.," new york. >> tom: still aad, the federal resee theatest target a cyber attack, areompanies taking cyber risks seriously? >> susie: on wall street today, a choppy day of trading with investors focused on new concerns about the outlook for europe's economy, and a new batch of corporate earnings. with more than half of the companies in the s&p reporting, quarterly results have been better than expected. still, by the closing bell, stocks were virtually unchanged. the dow rose seven points, the nasdaq fell three, and the s&p added nearly a point. >> susie: while the stock market is flirting wit
believe that they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> a smaller package. because you can't get a deal done in time? so of course, it's not the first time washington has kicked the can down the road. we know that. remember when we first heard about sequester, that bizarre word that is now part of the lexicon? it was august 2011 and the word sequester came out of the failed deal on the debt ceiling. then came the fiscal cliff, that was the next chance to prevent all of the cuts. washington punted, they said hey, three more months, we'll solve it then. nope. now three months is coming so guess what? they will punt again. you know what, thinking about it today, it reminded me a lot about this. ♪ put your little hand in mine ♪ put your little hand in mine ♪ put your little hand in mine ♪ there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb ♪ >> that of course was "groundhog day." at least they had a good song. we have to listen to the terrible voices of people in washington. "outfront," michael waldman from nyu school of law, and michael medved, co
. this business about raising taxes, it's not catching on. i just don't hear it from down there. >> the house republicans aren't feeling the president to raise taxes. it's a complicated argument to help, that's why it's really not catching fire. a lot of defense industry lobbyists are giving republicans heat, they don't feel heat from the constituents because the constituents they think want to see real spending cuts. americans want spending cuts, they don't want political gains. >> i really do. i think when you look at the poll, americans still want smaller government and fewer services, aka spending cuts. i think this is the white house's big mistake, they're barking up the wrong tree. the only question i have, it is after all republicans, will they hang tough? in your opinion, you're closer to it, will they hang tough? >> i spent all day on capitol hill talking to house republicans privately saying what's going to happen between now and march 1st? they say the house leader has promised them privately they're not going to replace the sequester unless there are real cuts to replace the seque
away from its all-time high and a taxing debate in washington. president obama once again says he's going to seek to get new revenue to help bring down the deficit and specifically, he's now calling out carried interest tax breaks again. we'll see where that goes. plus, the story that everyone is talking about this morning, the ravens holding on to beat the 49ers in the super bowl after the lights went out for 45 minutes at the superdome. we're going to try to keep the lights on. "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ if you like it then you should have put a ring on it ♪ ♪ if you like it then you should have put a ring on it ♪ >> good morning, everybody. i'm becky quick along with andrew ross sorkin. joe kernen is on vacation today so we're joined by steve liesman. we're happy to have him here. our top story this morning, the market. we have assembled a trio of wall street's most respected voices to join us for the next hour. we have a lot to talk about this morning. plus, there is that issue of the lights going out at the super dole last night. officials say an abnormality in
wants more "revenue." >> and looking to expand it. >> republicans would have been blamed for any tax increase on the middle class. >> the end result being he takes more money off of wealthy people. >> it slows us down gradually. >> many can say texas don't matter. of course they will in the long run. stuart: here we come. what a perfect moment to throw it to dagen and connell. connell: good morning, everyone. dagen: america is a good bet. here to tell you why. connell: one of our guests in this hour could be the next energy secretary. dagen: more on the power outage and the record-breaking at cbs sports for that incredible game. connell: and cyber attacks, the white house considering action against china. dagen: i had the ravens, did you? by a field goal, 27-24. connell: nobody knows football like dagen mcdowell. clearly. dagen: stocks now has to do every 15 minutes, nicole petallides at the new york stock exchange. nicole: a good bet going. if yo you're betting on the mar, 14,000 mark a little disappointed today, we are pulling back, dow jones industrials down 116 points right now.
$84. they talked about payroll tax increases. it is in a more competitive environment. the easy way for walmart is over. a little bit of a pullback is expected. back to you. melissa: thank you so much. a big month in january. we get to the bottom line with elizabeth macdonald. why is this? >> you have been talking about that great rotation. we have not seen a start like this in 15 years. in the month of january alone. it surpasses what happened all of last year combined for all four quarters. the bears have left the building. the s&p forward earnings that we are looking at are still cheap versus the october 27 peak. the s&p 500 was trading at 13. if it hits 14, then you are talking s&p 1600. if it hits 16, you are talking s&p 1700. are we setting up a classic bear trap? that stock has gotten ahead of the economic recovery. we are seeing the togo war on whether or not we will have a downdraft by end of year. melissa: who is winning? >> though bulls are winning for now. if there is a pullback there, you could be in a downdraft air up. melissa: thank you so much. lori: this has been th
as a baseline scenario. remember, all the times the bush tax rates were expected to expire. this is probably the best look. the most honest look we have gone from cbo in years now. i want to show you one more thing on deficit reduction. this is the three scenarios. if you increase deficits by $2 trillion, long-term, by 2023, you start to slow down if you had no deficit reduction. look at how much growth increases here. you take a short-term hit for next year, in the long term, you are adding almost two percentage points to gdp. back to you. lori: that was just about as helpful of a visual as you can get when it comes to understanding this math. melissa: that really breaks it down. what is the cost of reducing the deficit. if only we would have done that before. a great report. thank you. lori: troubling, at best. let's continue on. reversing yesterday's pullback and continuing to rally through the start of this year. will this continue? >> i am pretty optimistic going forward. i do think you will hit about 1675 on the s&p as the year end target. the housing recovery will continue. i think ov
. they are simply willing to spend money. they gave tax cuts and never paid for them. in the end they have eroded the revenue of the government. some of it is coming back. the wars are winding down. the economy is picking up. but there is a real health care problem that we have to deal with at some point. it will take some revenue. you cannot just do it by magically saying that it will fallout of the sky. you cannot cut enough to get the debt down without talking about revenue. i think it they did a little bit here at the end of january 3. everyone gave the office and will not give again. host: this editorial from "usa today," de say that it is not a spending problem -- but "usa spend money. today," others, saying that it is. guest: let me explain. the average cost spent on a senior citizen in medicare is flat. it went up 0.4% last year. it is flat spending. the fact is that beginning in 2011, all the children born after the second world war, the so-called baby boomers, are coming on. when i came to congress in 1989 there were 35 million seniors on medicare. 30 million people altogether. we have
to be exact, rejecting or ignoring many proposals, including a plan to lower tax rates in order to broaden the overall tax base. the council's last official meeting one and one year ago. unemployment has dropped from more than 9 percent of the council's inception to the current rate of 78%, but more than 23 million americans remain of work or are stuck in part-time jobs , wanted full-time work for. meantime, we learned initial jobless claims rose to 360,000 last week, an unexpected jump of over 38,000 from the prior week's four year low. the obama economy seems stuck in neutral. recoveries fragile. yesterday the drop in gdp. tomorrow's january unemployment report expected to remain. critics said the president has not remained lazar focused on creating jobs, and the dissolution of the jobs council is just the latest example of that. fox news senior white house correspondent with our report. >> more than one year after his last meeting with the group, president obama is now eviewing the charter for is jobs council. the unemployment rate is falling a little more than a percentage point as the
in lithuania is looking for new ways to find tax cheats, google maps. that's right, lithuanian authorities will use google street views to identify tax cheats with the real value of holdings liz: liz: don't give them ideas. i covered the taxes for a better part after decade and irs and this could be considered an invasion of privacy and whether the street view is correct and looking at the right property. there have been mistakes. charles: i remember when they started with the cameras on the vans and everybody says it's used for this purposen never for that purpose and people think there's a lot of paranoia. i think it's legitimate. it's realistic that one day that can happen here liz: liz: i'd like to see the street view of you and your property guarding or mowing the lawn. charles: the reality check, the real estate agent is ready to fight me point for point as i pour cold water on what stuart calls the bright spot in the economy. that's new at 10. ? at fidelity, we do it by merging two tools into one. combining your customized charts with leading-edge analysis tools from recognia so you
policy as soon as we get our fiscal policy in order. taxes are nearly at their highs. we will have a trillion dollar deficit. dagen: don't you think that the democrats will continue to fall back on raising taxes even more than they already have? it is nothing compared to the $7 trillion in additional debt. >> this is not a solution to our problems. i think they have used this to great political advantage. that is indisputable. that is not a solution as to where the budget has to go. what will the senate democrats put in their budget? what will it look like? they will not be able to raise taxes and solve the problem. the taxes will not work. they do not want to reform entitlements. dagen: there is a growing chorus among many people in this country that our debt is not that much of a problem because we have had these low, low, almost record low interest rates at this point. ultimately, if the fed decides we are worried about inflation and begins to withdraw some of this money out of the system, will that be the day of reckoning? >> that will be a very bad day if it happens. you are h
side path right now, i dare say if washington doesn't bomb us with a mega ton of taxes on investment we should be okay. nothing's ever perfect. and corrections are going to come and go. but all this, i see the stock market running up for a good while. now, let's get some advice on how to play it or disagree with it. go to our distinguished panel. ryan kelly, co-founder of shelter harbor capital. jim iuorio, director at tjm institutional services, and cnbc contributor jim pethokoukis. i want to go to b.k., brian kelly first. do you buy the rally continuing? how do you play this? what do you do right now? this is almost like a technical portfolio manager's question. >> yeah. i think probably the best thing you do right now is you take profits on a tremendous run that we've had since january 1st. if you want to actually still capture some of that up side, you can use options so you control your down side. i mean, if you just kind of look at any market, as you said, we're going to get some pullbacks here. what scares me is at bottoms everything looks awful and at tops everything looks fanta
're talking about tax see son. that means returns floating around. that means some of hour sensitive financial information. it could be a prime-time for identity theft. >> reporter: tax season is now officially underway. whether you're filing your returns online or three the mail it's a reminder to keep personal information safe and away from identity thieves. don't carry documents with your social security number or individual taxpayer number or give that information over the phone, through the mail unless you initiated the con ver saismghts make sure your computer has updated antivirus software and avoid working on your taxes over a public wi-fi connection like in a public cafe or airport. the following should raise red flags. more than one tax return filed in your name a balance due for a year you didn't file a tax return. irs records pointing to more wages than you earned in a year or state or federal benefits canceled because of an income change reported to an agency. get in touch with the irs. the agency said they've doubled the number of employees working on oat theft cases -- identity
, after paying $24 billion in taxes in 13 weeks. where are those shares operating? nicole: let's take a look, shares are up slightly, up 1/2%, oil around, earnings have been on the rise, earnings rose 5.9%. chemical and refining earnings provided a boost and where they did see production fall to three year lows. is a big tax payout. charles: those devious deal oil--oil companies courting the money. thanks a lot. it was january to remember for markets. it has been huge but not so much for apple shares. stock down 14% this year. and flat over the past 12 months. it has been tumbling and you see is that $2.34 hovering around at 450 area. a different story. for the blackberry that is a 9% in january all bound down 24% over the past 12 months. at stock has been extraordinarily volatile up $0.43, $13.40. we will keep an eye on them for you. the jobs report we want to bring in austan goolsbee, professor at university of chicago school of business and former white house economic adviser in chicago. thanks for joining us. your initial assessment of the jobs report number? >> rider around expec
linda has a comment on the end of the payroll. this is not an increase in taxes. people and employers have had a 2% break-in social security taxes for the last two years. this at a time when social security fund could not afford it. a financial gift to the already employed at the expense of social security. technically right, but in your bed you hated it. i love hearing from you. send me an e-mail. gerri@foxbusiness.com. and you know what, two years in the making almost. the man behind the disasters solyndra alone is stepping down. energy secretary steven chu offering his resignation today. he was highly criticized for its handling of the $528 million loan to the solar panel maker, which later went bankrupt. despite the blunder he is leaving with obama's support and his pride intact. he said, came with streams and leaving with a set of accomplishments that we should all be proud of. not all of his dreams came true. back in 2008 he famously said we as a nation needed to boost gas prices to levels -- levels seen in europe. although he eventually walked back those comments,
the president says must be balanced with taxes. >> it's critical to cut wasteful standing. we can't just cut our way to prosperity. deep indiscriminate cuts to things like education, training, inauguration, and national security, will cost jobs and slow down the recovery. >> shepard: runs say they already agreed to tax hikes and they aren't going to do it again. john boehner says we believe there's a better way to reduce the deficit but americans do not support less spending cuts for tax hikes. what some aresome of the details of what the president wants? reporter: the president is looking to crop $100 billion from the def site to buy an agreement that cuts a trillion and a half over the next ten years. he says the offer he made in late 2011 is still on the table. republicans say any additional revenue from tax reform should be used to lower everyone's tax rates. the president wants to cut the deficit. he says we can't afford to use it the way republicans want. >> if we are going to close these loopholes, there's no reason we should useoo the savings we obtain and turn around and spend that on n
currently have to pay 50% tax, yes, on their appearance and up to 10% of their worldwide earnings following a legal victory. other sporting events, including the dhampon's league final and the olympics have also had amnesty written into their contract. if you ever wonder why your favorite athlete may not be showing up to your favorite british competition, maybe now you have an answer. >> he raced here for the olympics and i don't think he's raced here in the previous three years. >> because look, it's not just a one off winnings related to that event, but all of a sudden your annual earnings are subject to this tax? >> it's an annual appearance fee. >> it's a pretty big incentive for athletes to say, you know what? not worth it. >> we're asking do you think it's fair for athletes to be given special tax breaks? is usain worth it? e-mail us, tweet us. >> is usain bolt worth it? >> do you want to go there? do you think it's -- do you think this event is worth it, by the way, to try to do the anniversary of the olympics to remind people and keep the positive buzz going? >> yeah. it draw tess c
not have to pay the amt. it also changed the estate tax bumping down the rate of little bit lower than what it had been over the exception of little bit higher. the numbers we just show you, the real numbers will be much worse. we will find out at 1:00 o'clock. back to you. dagen: are we going to be in a statement from the white house at 1:15 p.m.? rich: he will talk about the sequester. he will push for congress to pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reform to avoid the economically harmful consequences. he wants tax increases and spending cuts. the tax issue is closed, says the republicans. dagen: thank you for that update. for more on the outlook and what the president will say this afternoon, we go to michael perrone. michael, good to see you. start with this cbo report. will it influence policy and what happens in washington and even the smallest way? >> the cbo is required to give a fictitious look forward at the budget numbers. it will be higher than projected unless other action is taken. the medicare doc fix, for example, will not go away. they have been voting in every
and higher taxes with offset deficit increases long-term says the cbo. over and over again this report talks about those short-term budget decisions on the horizon including march 1st, the automatic spending reductions, sequester. what does congress and the white house do about the expiring continuing resolution in late march, funding for the operations of government and, divorce, the next round of the debt limit debate due to happen in may. tyler. >> hampton, thank you very much. now to john harwood at the white house. we will get specifics, i gather, on what the president wants from a short-term budget deal. any hints? >> we're not going to get specifics, at least that's the guidance i've gotten from the white house official, tyler. what the president is going to do, relates to the march 1 deadline hampton just mentioned, propose to put off that budget sequester, indiscriminate budget cuts affecting definite and nondefense programs for at least several months. that would require tens of billions of dollars. the overall sequester is a trillion dollars over 10 years. that means if you get ab
years like tax reform and titlement reform. discretionary titlement reform. and debt extension for maybe two years. first, the recession needs it stabilize there. but a clear road to fiscal, banking reforms and indication that europe is serious about improving competitiveness. third, resumption of growth in emerging economies led by china. finally, the fed successfully engineering a modest increase in interest rates without unleashing run away inflation. i know, tall orders. >> this is a tall order, bob. >> but this would create a huge boost of business confidence. capital expenditures and hiring would increase and revenues would rise. finally, sue, on a day when the dow passed 14,000, it is forth while noting that the last time the dow passed 14,000, valuations were much higher with the ratio for the s&p at that time was 22. about 14 right now. what does that mean? well, historic average for the s&p 500 is 15, it means the market was way overvalued, sue, in 2007. today it is somewhat underval i'd. steve pointed this out to me. i think it a very good point. tip of the hat to you, steve.
consumers taking a hit to take home pay to higher payroll taxes which is part of the fiscal cliff resolution. courtney reagan here on the retail beat. hi, courtney. welcome back from dallas. >> january an interesting month. it is promotional. make way for full price spring merchandise. but that means many goods sold are sold at rock bottom prices that replaces it. of the 18 drugstore retailers, thompson reuters has a gain of 5.8%, year over year. far surpassing expectations of 3.5%, thanks for a demand of winter apparel. the biggest perform group by far with comps up 11.4%. discount retailers turning in the lowest comps for the month. jc penney increasing by 11.7%. sales are driven by quote fresh fashion which would suggest nonclearance sales. but the retailer up guidance, only slightly. for specialty, 8% increase in comes doubles expectations and limiting more than double on wall street chain sales. despite the big comps, limited says it's comfortable with earnings consensus and gap remains just slightly ahead of wall street estimates. disappointing, shares are selling off. >> gap has had a
obama had to say about spending and taxes last night on cbs news before the super bowl. >> there is no doubt we need additional revenue. coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit. and we can do it in a gradual way. >> so what does smart spending cuts mean? judd gregg is co-chair of the fix the debt campaign. robert reich is from the university of california at berkeley and author of "beyond outrage." both are cnbc contributors and we thank you for joining us. good to see you both. senator gregg, what's a smart spending cut? what's that mean? >> i don't know. i think it's a washington speak word for probably no cuts. >> no cuts? >> that's the tradition in washington. they say if it's not a good cut, don't make the cut. the fact is there's going to have to be decisions made here. taxes were raised at the end of the year. and we know we can't get to the fiscal responsibility we need without our entitlement accounts. they'll vo to step up. >> do you think we will actually see spending cuts on the entitlements? >> what i think is going to happ
and tax reforms to delay the sequester until a long-term solution is found. >> proposals that i put forward during the fiscal cliff negotiations in discussions with speaker boehner and others are still very much on the table. >> solvinging america's problems starts with what every family does every month. they have got to do a budget. >> senate republicans say they will examine the president's plan but they also plan to introduce their own to avoid the first year of defense cuts by reducing the size of the federal work force through attrition. also, president obama will be visiting israel this spring. the president and israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu talked about the trip in a phone call last week. the white house says the visit is an opportunity to reaffirm the deep bond between our two countries and also provides an opportunity to talk about the way forward on iran and syria among other issues. the dates for the trip not yet announced. >>> we are getting a look tonight at that accident that led to the season-ending injury for olympic gold medalist lindsey vonn. why some
talked to all the constituencies out here in the big battles over the budget and taxes and fiscal reform, and now, today, immigration. the president meeting with about a dozen ceos. they have been coming in here. the meeting starts in about five minks. among them, the ceo of goldman sachs, coca-cola, yahoo, among the executives visiting, again, today, we've seen them before, and this strategy has worked for the president. as you know, after he met with them, a couple of times, he got them, many of them to agree to hire taxes on the wealthy, and, eventually, cut that deal to avoid the fiscal cliff with republicans by getting the top tax rates back up to 39.6% and families making more than $450,000 a year. the president continues the strategy to get the business community to his side and pressure congress to do what he wants. liz: they want to hire smart immigrants, they want, anybody, i think -- >> they do. liz: business leaders with a degree here to stay and start businesses here and not go back to china, india, or whatever country they are from. rich, to you know. what's the congression
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